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The Ontario Heritage Act (Sections 33, 34 & 41) requires owners to obtain permission from City Council for any alteration or demolition to a designated property if it is likely to affect the property's heritage attributes.

The City's will not issue a building permit for a designated property or a property within a Heritage Conservation District without formal approval from the Director of Planning & Development or Council.


Heritage Permit Process

  1. Confirm the status of your property. Is the property designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act or is it a listed heritage property?
  2. If your property is a designated heritage property, you are required to submit an application for any alteration to or any demolition taking place on your property.
  3. If your property is a listed (a non-designated) heritage property, you are encouraged to discuss any alterations with the City's Planning & Development Department Heritage staff, but no formal approval is required.
  4. Contact the City's Planning & Development Department Heritage staff to discuss your alteration plans prior to submitting your application. You should present any plans, photographs or sketches to staff for comment. Some alterations can be approved by the Director of the Planning & Development, without the need for review by the Heritage Kingston Committee (see Delegated Authority). Heritage Staff will determine what type of permit is required. Please call 613-546-4291 ext. 3180 or email heritage@cityofkingston.ca to discuss your project.
  5. Submit a Heritage Permit Application, pick one up at City Hall, or request one by contacting City's Planning & Development Department.
  6. Complete the application and submit it (with all necessary plans, photos and supporting information) by 4:30 p.m. on the appropriate deadline date (deadlines for 2016 are below). Applications may be emailed to heritage@cityofkingston.ca, dropped off at the Planning & Development Department at 1211 John Counter Blvd., the Heritage Resource Centre in Kingston City Hall, 216 Ontario St., or mailed to Planning & Development Department, 216 Ontario St., Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Z3.
  7. Applications that require Council approval are reviewed by City staff and provided to the  Heritage Kingston Committee for review and a recommendation to Council. The agenda for each Committee meeting is posted on the City website on the Friday before the meeting.
  8. You (or your appointed agent) should attend the committee meeting. At the meeting, you can discuss your application with the committee. The committee will forward its recommendation to City Council.
  9. Recommendations of the Heritage Kingston Committee are considered by City Council, which will either approve, not approve or defer your application. This will normally occur at the Council meeting approximately two weeks after the committee meets.
  10. The Clerk's Office will send you a written notice of Council's decision. The Planning & Development Department Heritage staff will then send you a Scope of Work Form (your permit) for posting on the job site.
  11. The Building Department can then issue a building permit (if required) for the approval of the work.

Staff are available to answer any questions regarding obtaining your Heritage Permit.


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What Changes Require Council or Staff Approval?

Any alteration that is likely to affect the property's heritage attributes/character defining elements, or the removal of all or part of a building or structure on a protected heritage property, requires approval from either City Council or the Director of Planning and Development. This could include, but is not limited to,

  • alterations or demolition of such external elements as a building's roof, porch, steps, windows, trim,
  • the re-pointing of masonry,
  • major landscaping, or
  • new additions to the property (including either attached or detached structures). 

Alterations that are considered ‘maintenance', as defined by Council do not require approval from the City.

This includes all individually designated properties as well as all properties located within the boundaries of the Barriefield Heritage Conservation District and the Market Square Heritage Conservation District.

What Other Services are Available?

Owners of designated and listed properties may take their plans of alteration or renovation to Staff and the Heritage Kingston Committee for free advice and assistance in order to make use of Committee resources that may not otherwise be available.

An opportunity is provided through Staff for a pre-consultation with the Committee on major development applications to discuss plans informally at a regular meeting in order to receive advice prior to the completion of a formal application. The applicant must understand that this is simply to facilitate the later consideration of the formal application.

When are the Application Deadlines?

Applications to the Heritage Kingston Committee are due by 4:30 p.m. on the dates listed below.

Applications for Alteration under the Ontario Heritage Act, Heritage Grant Applications, and Heritage Tax Applications are accepted at 1211 John Counter Blvd., the Heritage Resource Centre or through DASH.

Application Deadlines

Due Date

Committee Meeting

September 28, 2017

November 15, 2017

November 2, 2017

December 20, 2017

November 30, 2017

January 17, 2018

January 4, 2018

February 21, 2018

January 31, 2018

March 21, 2018

March 1, 2018

April 18, 2018

March 29, 2018

May 16, 2018

May 3, 2018

June 20, 2018

May 31, 2018

July 18, 2018

June 28, 2018

August 15, 2018

August 2, 2018

September 19, 2018

August 30, 2018

October 17, 2018

October 4, 2018

November 21, 2018